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Sunday, 13 July 2014 20:37 By Joseph Bossa
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Should all ills be laid at the feet of that one person simply for being president for the last 30 years?

Fair-minded observers of, and participants in, Uganda politics agree on one thing: Uganda faces a crisis in all spheres—in its governance, infrastructure, employment, service delivery, sense of oneness as a nation, inequality, corruption and impunity to name but a few-- and change must be made as a matter of urgency. What they do not agree on is what needs to be done to put the country back on course.

On politics, four schools of thought contend as to how to put things right. These are:

  • Restoration of presidential term limits
  • Reduction of presidential powers
  • Fielding single candidates from among the opposition
  • Establishment of genuine free and fair elections
  • Each school will be examined separately.
Sunday, 06 July 2014 20:59 By Esther Dyson
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All participants should identify for themselves or their organisation what the purpose of the conference is

This is conference season – a critical time for building brands, making connections, and shaping industries. Indeed, though people increasingly learn and interact online, we retain a fundamental need to engage in person. At conferences, such engagement is guided by a few basic principles. Understanding them – being “conference literate” – is critical to making the most of a conference, whether as an organiser, speaker, or attendee.

Perhaps the most important aspect of a conference is its purposes, which all participants should identify for themselves. An individual or organisation may attend a conference to understand the future of bottled water, to find procurement managers who buy bottled water, or even to disrupt the bottled-water market with water-filtration systems. A speaker may want to promote his or her employer, or find a new one.

Sunday, 29 June 2014 22:35 By Kavuma-Kaggwa
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This time, commemoration of Buganda’s ` day of darkness’ had special significance

On May 24, 2014 the Baganda from all areas of Buganda converged at Mengo Palace to remember May 24, 1966, the day of “darkness”, when Milton Obote, who was the Executive Prime Minister, ordered his troop to attack the Kabaka’s Place at Mengo.

The attack came as the climax of a terrible political disagreement between Sir Edward Mutesa II who was a ceremonial Head of State and Milton Obote who was the Prime Minister. Both sides had formed a political alliance between Obote’s Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) and the Buganda Party, Kabaka Yekka, after the 1962 Independence general elections.  After the 1962 elections the two parties, DP and UPC secured an equal amount of Parliamentary seats outside Buganda. Baganda, with their 21 members appointed by the Buganda Lukiiko, were the deciding factors. The Lukiiko voted to side with Obote/UPC. It is generally said that Benedicto Kiwanuka was sidelined by the Buganda Lukiiko after the 1962 general elections because he was a Roman Catholic.

Sunday, 11 May 2014 10:02 By Naomi Wolf
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When Coca-Cola, backed by the military, sets national policy, a darker page in the fight for freedom has been turned

Last year, Brazilian authorities were taken by surprise when a wave of protests erupted during the Confederations Cup soccer tournament, a sort of warm-up to this year’s main event, the World Cup, which will be staged in 12 cities across the country beginning in June. The protesters, complaining that the $11 billion spent on new stadiums and other World Cup-related infrastructure would be better invested in improving Brazil’s poor public services, were met with official violence. And yet the protests have continued throughout the year.

Not surprisingly, soccer’s international governing body, FIFA, and the World Cup’s corporate sponsors are worried – so worried that they and Brazilian government officials are planning carefully for protests during the month-long tournament. Worse, a raft of proposed security legislation would almost certainly restrict freedom of assembly.

Sunday, 11 May 2014 09:50 By Patrick Kamara
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In our last episode, I described how in the early 2000s my then-editor at The Monitor newspaper, Ogen Kevin Aliro and his friend, then-Commander of the UPDF, Gen. James Kazini, flew me to cover the fight against Joseph kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in South Sudan.  I described how we had flown here with a former LRA fighter who had been captured in battle.

We landed soon after a UPDF attack on a Kony camp at a place called Bin Rwot.  David Ongia, the former LRA fighter, was about 20 years old and appeared to be mentally deranged. As soon as he hoped off the plane he started searching for his chicken in what used to be his hut, now smouldering in smoke. Whereas the UPDF thought David Ongia would give them valuable information on the terrain intelligence, I doubt he did.


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